Free Summer Camps for Kids

If you're looking for something fun and exciting for your kids to do this summer, you've probably considered sending them to summer camp. However, camp can be rather expensive, especially if your child will be staying for the entire summer. Free summer camps are a wonderful option to give your child a rewarding experience while saving money.

Wingspan Arts

The Wingspan Arts camp is a day camp based in New York that is free of charge. The camp is designed for children in grades 5 through 8, and focuses on vocal performance, video and music production and acting. Campers receive free vocal and dance lessons. The day camp is five weeks long, and is operated five days a week.

Operation Purple

If you or your spouse are a member of the armed forces, you may want to consider sending your child to Operation Purple. The camp sponsored by the National Military Family Association. The camp is offered in the U.S., Germany and Guam. Children with a parent who is currently deployed receive special consideration, as Operation Purple attempts to admit these children into camp before other applicants. Operation Purple camp lasts one week. Outdoor activities include kayaking and fishing. Campers can also participate in activities such as wall climbing and nature hikes, which will help them to develop an appreciation for the environment. A leadership program for teens is also available through Operation Purple.

Camp Kindle

Camp Kindle is especially for children who have been directly affected by HIV and AIDS, due to being infected with the illness, or having a parent or loved one with AIDS. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Children between the ages of 7 and 15 are eligible to attend. Individuals between 16 and 18 years of age can also apply for the Counselor in Training Program at Camp Kindle. The camp allows children with similar stories to interact with one another in a safe and nonjudgmental setting. Many of the exercises and activities are designed to instill self-esteem and confidence. Camp activities include horseback riding and rock climbing. At Camp Kindle Hollywood, campers have the opportunity to visit studios where TV shows are filmed. The camp is for children who live on the West Coast, particularly in Heartland, California area.